The news has been full of doom and gloom
in 2001. Between stock market crashes, terrorist attacks and
war in far flung corners of the globe, everyone looking back
on the past year has been dwelling on all the things that have
I think it's time we stopped and took
a moment to think about those little things that go right every
day. Things like:
- Finally returning a long overdue call
you have been dreading and getting voicemail.
- Letting someone into traffic, and they
actually wave thanks.
- Finding out something is on sale at
the cash register when you expected to day full price.
- Finding out the thing you want that
is on sale is actually in stock, in your size and your colour.
- Discovering your broken appliance still
has three days left on the warranty.
- Going to bed with the beginnings of
a miserable cold and waking up feeling fine.
- Bumping into an ex-girlfriend (or boyfriend)
who dumped you on a day when you're really looking great.
- Stepping outside and finding your bus
waiting for you. Or deciding to walk, and still beating the bus
to where you're going.
- When no one else at the dinner table
wants the last piece of pie.
- Finding twenty bucks in the pocket
of an old pair of pants.
- Getting a letter from Revenue Canada
saying they made a mistake and they owe you money.
- An entire dinner uninterrupted by phone
- Going to the doctor's office for an
injection, and realizing it's already over before you've had
a chance to act like a big baby.
- Pizza night.
- Finding the long lost mate to your
favourite pair of socks.
- Having a child look at you with awe
over something you've done.
- Losing your wallet and then having
it returned with the money and credit cards intact.
- Getting a parking spot right in front
of the video rental return slot.
- Having saved your work just before
your computer crashes.
- County fair fudge (especially chocolate
- Correctly picking the line at the grocery
store that is actually moving the fastest.
- Having a movie theatre almost all to
yourself on a weekday afternoon.
- Dinner with friends where everyone
loses track of the time because they're having too much fun.
- Sleeping in on holiday Mondays.
- Losing three pounds one pound
isn't enough and five pounds makes you think you have some rare
- Faith that every new year will be better
than the last.